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Cedrela - wood, parquet, profileCedrela, this tree is not so well known to us, unless you are a cigar smoker. Cedrela is indispensable for the production of cigar humidors (boxes for the storage of expensive pieces).
In addition, the wood is often used as a substitute for mahogany.
Furthermore, many concert guitar necks are made from Cedrela.
The tree is native to South America or Central America and is up to 30 meters high. His wood can be worked well.
Cedrela wood is used in boat building, model making, window construction, furniture making and others. It makes profiled boards, moldings, panels, wainscoting, veneer, plywood, cigar boxes and cigar tubes from it.
There are about 30 different cedrelas. Of particular importance is the wood of Cedrela odorata from Central America. It is very resistant to termites and other wood-boring insects and does not rot in the open air. The wood is often offered as Spanish cedar wood, especially for cigar humidors. Cedrela odorata is
the most widely used tree of this species. It is common in contrast to the other species. It is a fast-growing tree species.
Cedrela is easy to dry and is quite undemanding. Machining is easy, you can create smooth and decorative surfaces. Fresh wood smells strongly aromatic. But the smell subsides. The weather resistance is good. Particularly positive is the good resistance of the heartwood to fungi and insects.
The heartwood of the Cedrela is yellow-brown to red-brown, darkening in the light. The pores are scattered, usually coarse and often with dark particles of nuclear material. The fiber course is usually straight, only sometimes there may be a slight alternating rotation. The wood looks altogether simple.
Cedrela wood is also used as parquet wood, but usually only for low-stressed areas. The heartwood is quite durable.
One should know that when it comes into contact with metal, Cedrela discolors. In addition, constantly high demand has led to a deterioration in quality. When buying one should therefore very precisely control the quality.
The wood is biologically active. It can cause irritation of the mucous membrane and dermatitis.